martes, 22 de noviembre de 2016

A Trip around Lake Pátzcuaro – a Must-Do on Your Next Visit!

A trip around Lake Pátzcuaro is an excellent option we recommend to our guests at Hotel Mansión Iturbe. If you want a different experience – enjoying nature in a relaxing and quiet atmosphere, enjoying the biodiversity of the area – you’ll love this excursion.

Lake Patzcuaro
Lake Patzcuaro

Lake Pátzcuaro is located in the center of the State of Michoacán (which means “place of fishermen”).  This is due the pre-Hispanic era when the first human settlements were found near lakes, such as Lake Pátzcuaro, Lake Cuitzeo, Lake Zacapu, and Lake Zirahuén.

Lake Pátzcuaro’s surface is 13,000 hectares (32,123 acres); the total shoreline length is 50 kilometers (31 miles); but its mean depth is only 9 meters.  It size surprises many of our visitors.  It has a very peaceful feeling to it, with dozens of small communities with deep cultural roots full of history.  The new visitor will be amazed by the folk art andartisanware to be found in each of these villages.

The most panoramic part of the trip would be the clockwise version (from Pátzcuaro), heading toward Erongarícuaro (Highway 14D), passing Tócuaro (masks), Jarácuaro (hats, and where the “Viejitos” began).

A view of Janitzio Island from Arocutin
A view of Janitzio Island from Arocutin

A favorite place to stop for a meal is the town of Oponguio, on the other side of Erongarícuaro.  Many restaurants are situated immediately off the highway, high above the lake.  While dining on traditional Michoacán cuisine of fresh trout, delicious corn tortillas, charales, and other exotic treats, you can enjoy extraordinary, picturesque panoramas of the lake and its islands – right out your restaurant window.

Traditional Michoacan Food
Traditional Michoacan Food

If you like mezcal, Oponguio is also famous for its mescal craftsmanship.  Look or ask for the distillery “Palomas Mensajeras,” which is noteworthy for not using any industrial processes; everything is natural, and its product is widely known for its quality.

Late afternoon skies can be as impressive as the lake.  Pull over and breathe in the surrounding tranquility, watching as the sky turns colors as the sun sets.

Sunset at Lake Patzcuaro
Sunset at Lake Patzcuaro

Sunset at Lake Patzcuaro
Sunset at Lake Patzcuaro

Continuing your clockwise journey, you will come to the famous Santa Fe de la Laguna where you will find the first “Hospital Village” founded by Don Vasco de Quiroga in Michoacán in 1533.  This pueblo is known far and wide for its high-gloss, black earthenware.  If you are with a licensed tour guide, he or she will be able to get you into one of the artisans’ workshops for a first-hand look at “how it’s done.”

Now well into your second half of the tour, you will enter the larger town of Quiroga.  If you like carnitas (pork), you will have come to the right place.  People come here from far and wide to enjoy a plate of carnitas just one of many delicacies you will taste on this expedition.

Carnitas from Michoacan
Carnitas from Michoacan

The next main point of interest before coming into Pátzcuaro is Tzintzuntzan (on the same highway).  The temples and the ExConvent (Franciscan) are a must-see, as are the thirty-three 500-year-old olive trees in front of them.  The temples will be to your right as you are leaving town.  Tzintzuntzan is also the archeological site of the Yácatas – ancient pyramids of the indigenous Purépechas.  The site is to your leftas you are leaving town.  And if you’re lucky enough to be in the area around Day of the Dead, you mustn’t miss the cemetery of Tzintzuntzan, with its massive display of golden marigolds and other flowers.

Day of the Dead Season in Tzintzuntzan
Day of the Dead Season in Tzintzuntzan

Day of the Dead Season in Tzintzuntzan
Day of the Dead Season in Tzintzuntzan

After a long, hard day on the road, return to Hotel Mansión Iturbe, lay back, relax, close your eyes, and digest all you have heard, seen, smelled, touched, and tasted during this amazing encounter with our Lake Pátzcuaro.

*Text and pictures property of Hotel Mansion Iturbe.

We invite you to check more post in our blog, you will find information that we hope will be helpful for your next trip to our colonial town in Mexico.

Here are some post that we suggest you:

Folk Art and Its Economic Importance to the Communities around Lake Patzcuaro

Don Juan Horta’s Family Workshop in Tocuaro, Michoacan

How to get to Janitzio from Patzcuaro


Hotel Mansión Iturbe
Portal Morelos 59
Plaza Vasco de Quiroga

61600 Pátzcuaro, Mich.

México


For more information about our Hotel in Patzcuaro

Reservations online at Hotel Mansion Iturbe

Tels: +52 (434) 342 0368 / 342 3628

Fax: +52 (434) 342 3627

Toll Free fax number from USA & CANADA: 1 866 678 6102



GDS CODES:
Amadeus: ON MLMMAN
Sabre: ON 16297


miércoles, 16 de noviembre de 2016

¡Una vuelta al Lago de Pátzcuaro, un imperdible en tu próxima visita!

Dar una vuelta por el Lago de Pátzcuaro, es una excelente opción que recomendamos a nuestros huéspedes en Hotel Mansión Iturbe. Si quieres vivir una experiencia diferente, entrar en contacto con la naturaleza, disfrutar de la biovidersidad de la Región. En un ambiente relajado y tranquilo, un paseo por la Ribera del Lago de Pátzcuaro te encantará.

Lago de Pátzcuaro, Michoacán
Lago de Pátzcuaro, Michoacán

El Lago de Pátzcuaro, se ubica en el centro del Estado de Michoacán, cuyo significado es “Lugar de Pescadores”. Esto se atribuye a que, en la época prehispánica, los primeros asentamientos humanos se establecieron en torno a sus lagos y lagunas, como son el Lago de Pátzcuaro, Cuitzeo, Zacapu y Zirahuén.

El Lago de Pátzcuaro tiene una superficie 260 m2, 55 km de longitud y 34 km de anchura aproximadamente.  Su tamaño sorprende a muchos de nuestros visitantes al realizar la vuelta por el Lago. Es un lugar muy tranquilo y agradable, se encuentra rodeados de pequeñas comunidades con un gran legado cultural, lleno de historia en donde encontrarás a grandes exponentes del Arte Popular Mexicano.

Para realizar este circuito, debes tomar la carretera que circunda el Lago de Pátzcuaro. Dependiendo de tus intereses podrás comenzar tu recorrido y armar tu propia ruta.  

Si quieres comenzar tu trayecto por una parte del Lago que no es tan conocida, pero que cuenta con magníficas vistas panorámicas puedes iniciar tu recorrido rumbo a Erongarícuaro por la carretera No. 14D.  A tu paso encontrarás, diferentes localidades como Tocuaro, famoso por sus máscaras. Jarácuaro que es la tierra de la Danza de los Viejitos o Arocutín desde donde podrás tener una estupenda vista de la Isla de Janitzio.

Isla d Janitzio vista desde Arocutin
Isla de Janitzio vista desde Arocutin
Un lugar ideal, para detenerte a contemplar el Lago de Pátzcuaro, degustar la Cocina Tradicional Michoacana, como los charales o la trucha fresca, acompañados con tortillas recién hechas y una buena salsa, es el pintoresco Pueblo de Oponguio. Encontrarás diferentes Restaurantes a la orilla de la carretera.

Truchas fritas platillo tradicional de la Región del Lago de Pátzcuaro
Truchas fritas platillo tradicional de la Región del Lago de Pátzcuaro

Si te gusta el Mezcal, Oponguio también es famoso en la Región por su mezcal artesanal. A la orilla de la carretera encontrarás el expendio de venta de Mezcal, en la destilería Palomas Mensajeras, que destaca porque no realiza ningún proceso industrial y todo se lleva a cabo de forma natural, logrando un destilado de Maguey Mezcalero; que ha ganado reconocimiento por su calidad.

Si realizas tu recorrido por la tarde, podrás contemplar impresionantes atardeceres. Detente en el camino, podrás vivir la intensidad del momento y observar la atmosfera que rodea al lugar lleno de tranquilidad, en donde el cielo se pinta de colores, mientras se marcha el sol.

Atardecer en el Lago de Pátzcuaro, Michoacán
Atardecer en el Lago de Pátzcuaro, Michoacán

Atardecer en el Lago de Pátzcuaro, Michoacán
Atardecer en el Lago de Pátzcuaro, Michoacán

Prosiguiendo con la vuelta al Lago de Pátzcuaro, visita el histórico Pueblo de Santa Fe de la Laguna, en donde encontrarás el primer Hospital Pueblo que fundó Don Vasco de Quiroga en Michoacán en el año de 1533. Este Pueblo destaca por su alfarería. Te recomendamos visitar sus talleres artesanales.

A continuación, encontrarás Quiroga importante centro artesanal y famoso por sus carnitas, otra buena opción para comer. Todo dependerá de tus gustos y preferencias. En la Ribera del Lago de Pátzcuaro, puedes dar gusto a tus sentidos con su deliciosa gastronomía.

Carnitas michoacanas en Quiroga
Carnitas michoacanas en Quiroga

Finalmente, antes de llegar a Pátzcuaro pasaras por Tzintzuntzan, siguiendo la misma carretera. Visita el Ex Convento Franciscano de Santa Ana y su Atrio, el Mercado de Artesanías y observa la Zona Arqueológica de la Yacatas. Si tienes la suerte de visitarlo pasando la Temporada de Noche de Muertos, no dejes de visitar los cementerios. Ver caer la noche en los Panteones llenos de flores es espectacular.

Panteones de Tzintzuntzan, en Temporada de Noche de Muertos
Panteones de Tzintzuntzan, en Temporada de Noche de Muertos

Panteones de Tzintzuntzan, en Temporada de Noche de Muertos
Panteones de Tzintzuntzan, en Temporada de Noche de Muertos


*Texto y fotografías propiedad de Hotel Mansión Iturbe.

Te invitamos a navegar en nuestro blog, encontrarás información de Pátzcuaro y sus alrededores que esperamos te sea de utilidad para tu próxima visita a nuestro Pueblo Mágico.

Aquí te sugerimos algunos post:

El Arte Popular y su importancia en la economía de las comunidades del Lago de Pátzcuaro.

Como llegar a Janitzio desde Pátzcuaro 



Hotel Mansión Iturbe
Portal Morelos 59
Plaza Vasco de Quiroga
61600 Pátzcuaro, Michoacán.
México


Más información sobre nuestro Hotel en Pátzcuaro

Reservaciones en línea en Hotel Mansión Iturbe

Tel: +52 (434) 342 0368 / 342 3628
Fax: +52(434) 342 3627
Toll Free fax number USA & CANADA: 1-866 678 6102

CODIGOS GDS
Amadeus: ON MLMMAN
Sabre: ON 16297

jueves, 10 de noviembre de 2016

“Luxury Travel Awards 2016” - Another Award for Hotel Mansión Iturbe!

“Luxury Travel Awards” recognizes excellence in various sectors of the travel-and-tourism industry in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East.

A team of experts scours the world every year, identifying the best hotels, airlines, and tour operators.

Luxury Travel Awards holds the event – along with the promulgation of the “Luxury Travel Guide” – in London.  It also coincided with the World Travel Market Tourism Faire. 

Luxury Travel Awards 2016 - Hotel Mansión Iturbe in Patzcuaro, Mexico
Luxury Travel Awards 2016 - Hotel Mansión Iturbe in Patzcuaro, Mexico

The Awards identify the best vacation options around the world, basing their criteria on innovation and design, accommodations, dining experiences, excellence of service, use of technology, and sustainable development and location.

According to the “Luxury Travel Guide 2016, one of the things that distinguishes Hotel Mansión Iturbe in Pátzcuaro is its location – immediately across from the Plaza Vasco de Quiroga – which makes it a prime base from which to explore our Pueblo Mágico and surrounding areas.
  
Staying at Hotel Mansión Iturbe is to experience a step back in time. The centuries-old building is an Architectural Heritage of Pátzcuaro, and a Historic Monument of Mexico. It was the residence of the foremost families of Pátzcuaro which, with meticulous restauration, has maintained its homey atmosphere through the years.

The decor incorporates various artistic projects and makes extensive use of Michoacán folk art, which is reflected at every turn.

Luxury Travel Awards 2016 - Hotel Mansión Iturbe in Pátzcuaro, México
Luxury Travel Awards 2016 - Hotel Mansión Iturbe in Pátzcuaro, México


The “Luxury Travel Guide 2016” summarizes:


“Step back into Mexico’s rich and colourful past at the Mansion Iturbe Hotel, located directly in the bustling, beating heart of the old colonial town of Pátzcuaro. Original authentic wooden floors, carved oak furniture and folk artworks decorate every room, imbibing the hotel with a rustic ambiance where guests can bask in the architectural heritage of the former residence of one of Pátzcuaro’s leading noble families. While historical buildings are commonplace in this largely indigenous town, what sets the Mansion Iturbe Hotel apart is its unrivalled location overlooking the central square making it the perfect base from which to explore.

The property also offers the welcome sanctuary of an inner courtyard, with thick adobe walls and warm lighting cultivating a homely atmosphere. We were particularly impressed with the modern restoration which manages to maintain unique details of yesteryear, such as original windows, carvings and drapes. Through the sponsorship of art projects and by utilising local handicrafts, ceramics and textiles in their interior décor, the management (fifth-generation descendants of the hotel’s original owners) have also lovingly integrated local culture into every colourful corner, thus ensuring the character of the hotel’s regional heritage is preserved.”


*Text and pictures property of Hotel Mansion Iturbe.

We invite you to check more post in our blog, you will find information about Patzcuaro and its surroundings that we hope will be useful for your next trip to our colonial town in Mexico.

Here are some post that we suggest you:

Folk Art and Its Economic Importance to the Communities around Lake Patzcuaro

La Plaza Vasco de Quiroga in Patzcuaro

The Gertrudis Bocanegra Public Library in Patzcuaro



Hotel Mansión Iturbe
Portal Morelos 59
Plaza Vasco de Quiroga
61600 Pátzcuaro, Michoacán.
México


Más información sobre nuestro Hotel en Pátzcuaro

Reservaciones en línea en Hotel Mansión Iturbe

Tel: +52 (434) 342 0368 / 342 3628
Fax: +52(434) 342 3627
Toll Free fax number USA & CANADA: 1-866 678 6102

CODIGOS GDS
Amadeus: ON MLMMAN
Sabre: ON 16297

miércoles, 9 de noviembre de 2016

Hotel Mansión Iturbe, ganador de los Luxury Travel Awards 2016.

Los Luxury Travel Awards, hacen un reconocimiento a la excelencia en los diferentes sectores de la Industria de Viajes y Turismo en Europa, América, Asia, Australia, África y Medio Oriente.

A través de un equipo de expertos que cada año recorren todo el Mundo, identificando los mejores hoteles, aerolíneas y Tour Operadores.

Luxury Travel Award 2016 Mansion Iturbe Hotel
Luxury Travel Award 2016 Mansion Iturbe Hotel


Los Luxury Travel Awards, se llevan a cabo en Londres junto con el lanzamiento de la Guía: “Luxury Travel Guide.” coincidiendo este año con la Feria de Turismo World Travel Market

Estos premios, identifican las mejores opciones de alojamiento en todos los continentes con su criterio centrado en la innovación y el diseño, las habitaciones y las instalaciones, los logros gastronómicos, la excelencia en el servicio, el uso de la tecnología, el desarrollo sostenible y la ubicación. Los Luxury Travel Awards también reconocen la conexión de los hoteles con sus huéspedes.

De acuerdo con la Guía “Luxury Travel Guide 2016”, Lo que distingue al Hotel Mansión Iturbe en Pátzcuaro, es su incomparable ubicación frente a la Plaza Vasco de Quiroga, que la hace el lugar ideal para ser tomado como base y explorar nuestro Pueblo Mágico y la Región.

Hospedándote en Hotel Mansión Iturbe, vivirás la experiencia de regresar en el tiempo. Una antigua casona que es Patrimonio Arquitectónico de Pátzcuaro y Monumento Histórico de México. Antigua residencia de una de las principales familias de Pátzcuaro, en donde a través de su restauración se ha logrado mantener los detalles de antaño, en un ambiente hogareño.

Patrocinando diferentes proyectos artísticos y utilizando el Arte Popular Michoacano, se ha llevado a cabo su decoración, tratando de incorporar en cada rincón el cultural local.

Luxury Travel Guide- Global Awards: Hotel Mansion Iturbe
Luxury Travel Guide- Global Awards: Hotel Mansion Iturbe


 Aquí te compartimos el texto original de esta prestigiada Guía Inglesa: 

 “Step back into Mexico’s rich and colourful past at the Mansion Iturbe Hotel, located directly in the bustling, beating heart of the old colonial town of Pátzcuaro. Original authentic wooden floors, carved oak furniture and folk artworks decorate every room, imbibing the hotel with a rustic ambiance where guests can bask in the architectural heritage of the former residence of one of Pátzcuaro’s leading noble families. While historical buildings are commonplace in this largely indigenous town, what sets the Mansion Iturbe Hotel apart is its unrivalled location overlooking the central square making it the perfect base from which to explore. 

The property also offers the welcome sanctuary of an inner courtyard, with thick adobe walls and warm lighting cultivating a homely atmosphere. We were particularly impressive with the modern restoration which manages to maintain unique details of yesteryear, such as original windows, carvings and drapes. Through the sponsorship of art projects and by utilising local handicrafts, ceramics and textiles in their interior décor, the management (fifth-generation descendants of the hotel’s original owners) have also lovingly integrated local culture into every colourful corner, thus ensuring the character of the hotel’s regional heritage is preserved." - Luxury Travel Guide 2016.


Te invitamos a dar un recorrido por nuestro blog, encontrarás información de Pátzcuaro y sus alrededores que esperamos te sea de utilidad para tu próxima visita a nuestro Pueblo Mágico.

Aquí te sugerimos algunos post:

El Arte Popular y su importancia en la economía de las comunidades del Lago de Pátzcuaro.




Hotel Mansión Iturbe
Portal Morelos 59
Plaza Vasco de Quiroga
61600 Pátzcuaro, Michoacán.
México

Más información sobre nuestro Hotel en Pátzcuaro

Reservaciones en línea en Hotel Mansión Iturbe

Tel: +52 (434) 342 0368 / 342 3628
Fax: +52(434) 342 3627
Toll Free fax number USA & CANADA: 1-866 678 6102

CODIGOS GDS
Amadeus: ON MLMMAN
Sabre: ON 16297

domingo, 6 de noviembre de 2016

The New Tirolesa (zip line) on Lake Pátzcuaro from the Island of Janitzio to Tecuena

The new Zip Line in Patzcuaro complements the different activities that you can make on your next visit to our Magic Town. It is located on Lake Patzcuaro and connects the islands of Janitzio and Tecuena. It is considered the longest of Michoacan, with a length of 3,937 Feet.

A different experience that we suggest to our guests at Hotel Mansion Iturbewho want this type of adventure travel options.

Zipe Line on Lake Patzcuaro
Zipe Line on Lake Patzcuaro


Our friend Andrew Carhartt an American resident in Patzcuaro, shares his experience:

"The new 1.2-kilometer zip line (tirolesa) connecting the two islands of Janitzio and Tecuena on Lake Patzcuaro is fun and worth the effort, if you are up to the hikes up (Janitzio) and down (Tecuena).  $250 pesos per person covers the tirolesa and the return boat ride to Janitzio. 

Here’s how it works:

  • Before you schedule the trip, go to the Internet and figure out the general wind direction.  If it’s from the south, that’s good; if it’s coming from the north, not so good – but not horrible. 

 
  • If it’s from the north – even if it’s a light wind – it will probably prevent you from reaching the terminus without assistance, and you will have to be “rescued” by a guy from the other end.  He will come down from the terminus with a rope to haul you to the terminus.  You will hang over the water for 5-10 minutes waiting for the rescuer to haul you to the terminus. 


  • There are two ways to get to the statue of Morelos – the arduous, countless stairs, or the gentle incline of the cobblestone road.  You want to take the latter.


  • Find the church – ask the vendors or follow the signs – and walk around it to the left, through the cemetery, and exit on the far side.


  • When you exit the cemetery, you will see a stairway to your right, up, up, up; maybe 40-50 stairs.  From there, it’s a nice cobblestone road all the way up to Morelos.


  • Almost at the top, you will see the platform for the tirolesa to the left; you can’t miss it.  Hopefully, there will be 3-4 guys there waiting for their next customer.

Zip Line on Lake Patzcuaro from  the Island of Janitzio to Tecuena
Zip Line on Lake Patzcuaro from  the Island of Janitzio to Tecuena

  • Chances are you will be told to put on a glove – right or left – in case you stall near the end and have to put your hand up to stop from going backward from whence you came (i.e., in case you have a north wind).  So unfortunately, photo ops are probably out of the question for the 90-second trip, with a bulky gardening glove on one hand.
Zip Line on Lake Patzcuaro from  the Island of Janitzio to Tecuena
Zip Line on Lake Patzcuaro from  the Island of Janitzio to Tecuena

  • They will harness you up, and you will climb up a sturdy but steep metal ladder to the top.  You will be instructed to position your feet on a metal bar from which you will push yourself off into the abyss.  We weren’t given the option of looking forward, and were obliged to make the trip looking backward, which we found odd and somewhat disconcerting.  Perhaps the guys can be convinced to change the contraption so you can look forward, which means they would have to push you off.  Since we were “newbies,” we didn’t know any better, and did as we were told.


Once on terra firme at the other end, you can sit and relax while you watch your buddy arrive.  Be ready with your camera!

Island of Tecuena
Island of Tecuena

One of the helpers will help you take off your harness, and then you have to walk down to the dock.  Watch out!  Your legs may be a little jittery from the trip.  There are a lot of stairs and no hand rails.  If you have to rest up a little at the top, take your time.
Keep on the path.  Shortly after we started walking down, there was a stairway down to the right.  You don’t want to go there; those are private homes, but it ALMOST looks like it could be a pathway down.

After we started down the path, one of the helpers caught up to us with our harnesses that needed to go back to Janitzio and we followed her down to the dock.  We immediately were ushered onto one of the larger boats for the return trip to Janitzio.  We disembarked at a small dock and had to walk (to the left) to the main dock.  When we observed this activity from a restaurant at the top of Janitzio, we saw several passengers going down the tirolesa, but didn’t observe boats returning immediately from Tecuena.  I.e., you may have to wait a while at the dock."

¡Buen viaje!

*We appreciate our friend Andrew Carhartt for writing this post for our Hotel Mansión Iturbe blog. We also recommend you to check the cost of the ride on the Zip Line, it may change without notice. The cost shown in this article is the one that was valid on the day that the visit took place, so it can change at any time.


We invite you to check more post in our blog, we hope you will find information about Patzcuaro and its surroundings that we hope will be helpful for your next trip to our colonial town in Mexico.

Here are some post that we suggest you:

How to get to Janitzio from Patzcuaro 

Mexican Folk Art on the Banks of Lake Patzcuaro

10 Unique Tourist Options for Our Patzcuaro Visitors


Hotel Mansión Iturbe
Portal Morelos 59
Plaza Vasco de Quiroga
61600 Pátzcuaro, Michoacán.
México



Más información sobre nuestro Hotel en Pátzcuaro

Reservaciones en línea en Hotel Mansión Iturbe

Tel: +52 (434) 342 0368 / 342 3628
Fax: +52(434) 342 3627
Toll Free fax number USA & CANADA: 1-866 678 6102

CODIGOS GDS
Amadeus: ON MLMMAN
Sabre: ON 16297